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Abrupt Climate Disaster Threat Raises Call for Early Warning System

Climate change "tipping points" could be sudden and surprising, experts say.<p>The threat of sudden climate change disaster—from the poles melting to farmlands failing—is real and requires an early warning system, an expert panel suggested on Tuesday.<p>Looking at "tipping points" for global warming …

John Fugelsang: Sarah Palin is the 'Jar Jar Binks' of the GOP

In an appearance on “The Ed Show” on MSNBC, comedian and former Current TV host John Fugelsang poked fun at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s new book …

Vets' group: 92 percent of 'D' or 'F' grades on supporting troops go to Republicans

A new report by a leading veterans group has awarded grades to members of Congress based on their support of veterans issues. One party failed …

Sydney plans to go 100% renewable by 2030

Palin links 'zealot-like' atheists to the 'war on Christmas' and 'slavery' from federal debt

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called on a group of conservatives to act over the weekend because she said atheists, secularists and other liberals …

Koch brothers sponsor anti-Obamacare cornholing competition

Generation Opportunity, a Koch-funded front group whose goal is to convince young people that they don’t need health insurance, sponsored a tailgate …

Archaeologists uncover secrets of Portus, once gateway to Rome

<i>University of Southampton team finds evidence explaining why opulent Roman empire port was dismantled in 6th century</i><p>British archeologists digging …

GOP lawmaker scheduled to take part in rally calling for Obama's overthrow in 'second American Revolution'

A Republican congressman is listed on the roster of right-wing cranks, conspiracy theorists and gun advocates who plan to rally next week to call for …

Rafael Cruz: Atheism leads to child molestation and perversity

In an appearance before a gathering of OK2A, an Oklahoma Second Amendment advocacy group, Rafael Cruz, father of freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said …

Palin shares some Catholics' concerns about Pope Francis and his 'liberal' agenda

Sarah Palin says she’s dismayed by the apparent liberal agenda of Pope Francis, although she suspects her perception may have been shaped by …

McCain rips Cruz over shutdown: 'Stop! You're wrong, you're crazy!'

Sen. John McCain (AZ) lashed out at fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) on Thursday for causing a government shutdown that made it difficult for …

Climate change hits the poor harder and Typhoon Haiyan is just one example

The devastation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan is a terrifying reminder that developing nations are hit hardest by severe weather …

'Buzzkill of science' Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why zombies are purely fantasy

Have no fear of the coming zombie apocalypse, astrophysicist and “buzzkill of science” Neil deGrasse Tyson told America on Thursday night’s <i>The Daily</i> …

Maddow: Think Obamacare rollout is messy? You should have seen Romneycare

If you think the rollout of the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” — is messy, said Rachel Maddow on her show Thursday night, “you …

Tea party ‘revolutionary’ sues newspapers as day of planned U.S. coup approaches (UPDATED)

<b>[Klayman’s suit against the Minneapolis City Pages and the Phoenix Sun Times has been dismissed. See update below.]</b><p>The tea party activist who called …

Elizabeth Warren: Unlikely radical giving hope to those disenchanted with mainstream Democrats

<i>Senator’s tough stance against Wall Street is attracting voters on the left who are disenchanted with the party establishment</i><p>Not many political “rock …

The rise of far right parties across Europe is a chilling echo of the 1930s

Having played down their fascist sympathies they’re re-emerging now after a PR facelift. Time is running out to counter them<p>Since the global banking …

Archaeologists discover five 4,000 year-old heads of royal statues from the pharaonic era

A team of Egyptian and French archaeologists have found five heads of royal statues from the pharaonic era, officials from the antiquities ministry …

NASA Mars spacecraft to search for clues about why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere

NASA is preparing to launch its latest orbiter to Mars Monday on the hunt for clues about why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere.<p>The launch …

Russia will keep Greenpeace activist in pre-trial jail until February 24, 2014

A court in Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg extended the pre-trial detention of one of the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested for an Arctic …

Wal-Mart asks employees to donate canned goods to workers who don't have enough to eat

Employees at an Ohio Wal-Mart store are being asked to donate canned goods to help out co-workers who don’t have enough to eat at the …

Conservatives flip out after Obama reads original Gettysburg Address without 'under God'

Conservative websites on Tuesday expressed outraged after President Barack Obama read an original version of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, …

Florida tea party lawmaker busted on cocaine charge voted to require drug tests for food stamp recipients

Freshman Tea Party Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) will appear in court on Wednesday to face charges of cocaine possession, Politico reported.<p>The 37-year-old …

Warren: We're in this mess because Washington has ignored the middle class for a generation

On Wednesday night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) stopped by “The Rachel Maddow Show” to discuss economic populism, wealth inequality and possible …

McDonald's to employees: Break your food into small pieces to feel full and sell your Christmas presents for cash

The fast-food giant McDonald’s is urging employees to break up food into smaller pieces to feel full or sell their Christmas presents for extra money.<p>…

Jon Stewart mocks Mitch McConnell's warning to Democrats: Someday you will want to be obstructionist a*sholes

Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) warning to Democrats that ending the long-standing abuse of …

Pennsylvania 'libtard'-hating police chief charging $25 a month to serve in 'militia'

Gilberton, Pennsylvania Police Chief Mark Kessler is organizing what he calls a “professional” militia while awaiting the final decision on his job …

Alan Grayson and Ed Schultz rip Issa's anti-Obamacare events: 'They're smear junkies, that's all they ever do'

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and MSNBC host Ed Schultz teed off on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Friday for what they referred to as a “traveling circus” …